Duncan had to survive two games Saturday in order to advance to their second straight Class 5A State Tournament and they did just that by beating Bishop McGuiness 11-3 in the if-necessary regional championship game.
Staring the day needing only one victory in two tries, the Irish got the best of Duncan in game one beating the Demons 9-0 with a flawless pitching gem to force a winner take all in game two.
Bishop McGuiness started with a run in the bottom half of the first to take the 1-0 lead before Duncan scored 11 unanswered runs through the next several innings.
Duncan second baseman Jaxon Gregston hit a single that dropped right outside of the infield dirt to score Creed Watkins who singled in the top of the second to tie the game up at 1-1.
An intentional walk and a hit by pitch gave Watkins a chance with two runners on to break the tie and in the top half of the third he hit a double to left field.
That double scored two runs and gave Duncan the 3-1 lead before a big home-run in the top half of the fourth inning showed the Demons were not playing around in game two.
Connor Thaxton, with two outs and a runner on second, took a 1-0 pitch deep to left center field and gave Duncan the 5-1 lead over Bishop McGuniess with the Demons not finished with their offense.
Josh Bumgarner helped his own cause on the mound with another two-out rally, this time in the top half of the fifth inning he took a 1-0 pitch deep to center for a two-run double.
Bumgarner, excited about the hit, gave Duncan the 7-1 lead after six innings of play and they would have their best inning in the game offensively in the top half of the seventh.
Carson Kinnaird hit a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in the eighth run of the game, then Thaxton again hit a single through the third base side to give Duncan the 9-1 lead.
The final two runs of the games for the Demons came on a bases loaded walk with Derek Bridges drawing the walk to lead 10-1 and Watkins was hit by the pitch to drive in the 11th and final run of the game.
Bumgarner got into early trouble by allowing the first two batters on with walks and then struck out the next two batters to make it one out away from victory.
Not wanting to go away, a big double from Bishop McGuiness broke the 11 unanswered runs up driving in two to make it an 11-3 Duncan lead.
Playing in his final game at Duncan High School, Bumgarner shook off giving up the two runs and came back to deliver the final strikeout and send Duncan into the State Tournament for the second year in a row.
Coach Erik Hughes, who is in his second season and has lead the Demons to both of their recent State Tournament trips, said he was happy for his team.
“We are really excited and blessed with this opportunity,” Hughes said. “We are just going to go and do our best and Lord willing, things will go our way.”
State Tournament brackets were released early Monday morning and the Demons will face Coweta to open up the 2019 Class 5A State Tournament.
Coweta won their regional by beating defending State Champion Bishop Kelley twice in three games to earn their spot in the State Tournament and come into the tournament with a record of 23-10.
First pitch for the Demons and Coweta will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Broken Arrow High School and the winner will play the winner of Piedmont-Pryor at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Broken Arrow High School.
Class 5A State Championship will be played at 1:05 p.m. Saturday at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.